Staff in a Dublin hotel got very anxious when they saw a guest had registered as an IRA spokesman.
They called Special Branch, who sent two men and a dog along to investigate. The fact the guest was American - and black - and had the very in-Irish name of Van Gelph didn't seem to cool their intrigue, so they knocked on his door, keeping one hand on the snub-nose revolvers (or so they said....).
The door opened, and the middle-aged American was surprised to be asked what he was doing in Dublin. He explained he was attending a financial conference and reached (slowly....) for a business card, which stated - Victor Van Gelph, Senior VP, Satis Investments. "Your Individual Retirement Account Specialists".
Then the penny dropped - it was probably the only time anyone was happy to meet a pension salesman!!
His trial comes up next week......